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Debbie Hays Lewis

July 15, 1959 — September 16, 2021

Debbie Hays Lewis

Deborah "Debbie" Isabelle Hays Lewis was born on July 15th, 1959 to Mr. and Mrs. William Louis Hays of Charleston MS. She passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, September 16th, 2021.
After graduating from Delta State University, Debbie married her childhood sweetheart, David "DaDa" Micheal Lewis of Rosedale in 1978.
The couple settled in Tribbett, Mississippi where they would raise their two children, Madelyn Ruth Lewis and Emily Hays Lewis. Debbie supported DaDa in his career as an Ag pilot running Lewis Air Service in Leland for over thirty years. They built many wonderful relationships in the agriculture community in the Mississippi Delta.
Debbie was a lifetime member of the Phi Mu Sorority and active member of her beloved church, Saint John's Episcopal Church of Leland. She served as member of the altar guild and the women of the church committee.
Debbie was well known for her artist spirit and her abstract paintings. Later in life, she and her daughter Emily ran Sugar Memma's cookie business where she brought her artistic talent to the world of baking. Debbie most enjoyed her time with her family and especially her grandson, Reed. Debbie adored her lifelong friends, her "Steel Magnolias" of Tribbett, and she never met a stranger. She lived a life of faith and love was always ready to serve her friends and neighbors.
Debbie is survived in death by her husband, David Michael Lewis; daughters, Madelyn Lewis Cook (Don) of Hernando MS, and Emily Hays Lewis of Leland, MS; grandson, Reed Michael Cook; mother, Isabelle Welshans Hays of Charleston, MS; brother, William Louis Hays, Jr.(Lynn) of Collierville; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, William "Billy" Louis Hays and sister, Catherine Hays Belvedresi.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Saint John's Episcopal Church of Leland, P.O. Box 267, Leland, MS 38756
Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 19th at 1:30 p.m. at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Leland with burial to follow at Oakhurst Cemetery in Clarksdale, MS.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service



1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Sunday, September 19, 2021
St. John's Episcopal Church 405 California Ave Leland, Mississippi, United States
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